Masonry workers, also known as masons, use bricks, concrete blocks, concrete, and natural and manmade stones to build walls, walkways, fences, and other masonry structures.
The work is physically demanding because masons lift heavy materials and often must stand, kneel, and bend for long periods. Poor weather conditions may reduce work activity because masons usually work outdoors. Most masons work full time.
How to Become a Masonry
Most masons have a high school diploma or equivalent and learn either through an apprenticeship program or on the job.
The median annual wage for masonry workers was $42,900 in May 2017.
Employment of masonry workers is projected to grow 12 percent by 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Population growth will result in the construction of more schools, hospitals, homes, and other buildings. Workers with experience in construction should have the best job opportunities.